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Allan Schwartz, LCSW, Ph.D. Updated: Dec 8th 2010

Why is recovery from an addiction so very difficult for people? Despite all the efforts made by families and treatment procedures, too many people relapse. In fact, they go through many relapses and other people end up blaming the person out of frustration and anger. The fact it that addictions are extremely complicated and involve more than just ending the use of a substance. They do not occur in a vacuum.

Rather, they are the result of what is referred to as the Bio-Psycho-Social Spheres of influence.

The biological sphere includes brain chemistry, neurology, hormones other physiological factors.
 
The psychological sphere has to do with an individual’s psychiatric diagnosis such as. Examples are the psychoses including schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, depression and bipolar disorders and the personality, among others.

Finally, the is the social sphere. Among these are family environment, neighborhood, economy, family finances and many others.

If all of these influences are not treated, the likelyhood of relapse is quite high.

Today, addictions are characterized by the fact that people are using many substances, from alcohol to methamphetamine, prescription pain killers, cocaine, etc. It is important to stress the fact the list of addictions includes illnesses such as the eating disorders eating disorders.

Read in Full:  http://www.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc&id=41339&cn=14



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